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Old 12-03-2004, 09:27 PM   #1
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Thinking about smallish pleco for 100g planted


I've always been a cory lover, but I'm curious about plecos too. I have a 100g medium to heavily planted tank with angels, platies, congo tetras, otos, and cories, and I'd like to add a pleco that stays small (say, under 4"), as long as he doesn't tear up my plants. I love the look of the zebra pleco (doesn't everyone?), so maybe something similar to that. My lfs has tiger plecos for $25, would that be a good idea? Any advice from planted tank/pleco owners?
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Old 12-03-2004, 09:36 PM   #2
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A Bristlenose will work out great for you. They donít get too big yet are easy on plants.
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I have a pair of Pitbull plecos in my 125g. I've had them for a couple of months now and they're still no bigger than a full grown Oto. I alslo have a Bristlenose which is about 4.5" and a Rubberlipped that about 3". None seem to be bothering any of my plants, but none have really had any impact on algae either.
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Old 12-03-2004, 09:52 PM   #4
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Might want to take a look at clown plecos if you're looking for something similar to the zebra pleco.
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Old 12-03-2004, 10:20 PM   #5
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The clown pleco might be what I saw at the lfs. But I'm a little concerned that Planet Catfish says they're wood eaters!
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Love the zebro otos- I've seen some that look very similar to that (very different from the solid brown otos I have) at my local Walmart. I'm thinking about taking a chance and buying several in the hopes that a couple might be healthy.
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Old 12-03-2004, 11:04 PM   #6
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Most plecos will consume wood to a degree or another, since it aids in their digestion. Even the smaller species will need a piece of driftwood to munch on (zebra, clowns, bristlenose, etc.).

That zebra oto looks awesome. I'm on the lookout for different species of oto and have my friend and another exporter on the lookout for a decent number of them. I have another species of oto in my tanks right now, Otocinclus macrospilus (7 of them) and a lone Otocinclus vittatus which was mixed in there.
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Old 12-04-2004, 12:59 AM   #7
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I saw some zebra otos at the dolphin pet village in SJ. They were $14.
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Old 12-04-2004, 01:03 AM   #8
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Heck yeh... all pleco species eat wood , its actually part of their natural diet and is good for their health. Bristlenose are the most interesting IMO. One male and one female are a show to watch, plant friendly and cost effective.
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I saw some zebra otos at the dolphin pet village in SJ. They were $14.
Keder,
Really? When was this?
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Nice to see you back around Wonder Woman! Don't go away for too long anymore!

I have seen the "Bulldog" otos in our local shops lately and they are quite intriguing! Give them a gander!

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I saw some zebra otos at the dolphin pet village in SJ. They were $14.
That's how much I paid (actually got a deal at 3 for $40 ) at Octopus' Garden in Berkeley, but that was back in September.
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I don't remember when, maybe a month ago. But if they got them once, maybe they will again.
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Old 12-04-2004, 05:47 AM   #13
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Guys be careful with Bristlenoses... I had a male that shredded swords that bad, I had to relocate it! It was probably his attempt on fighting algae, but he took the entire tissue off. Looked like laceplants afterwards. I bet it was an exception, or my bad luck... still... I might try another male later.
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Old 12-06-2004, 04:21 PM   #14
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My clown pleco has stayed tiny, but he doesn't eat algae. Not sure if you just want that fabulous pleco look or something practical as well.
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Saw two zebra otos on Saturday. Both were at Octopus. One was in their display tank and the other was for sale, at $17.
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